The Pittsburgh Pirates announced their 2023 minor league coaching assignments for the four full-season affiliates on Wednesday morning.
Indianapolis will be managed by Miguel Perez (pictured). His staff will include hitting coach Eric Munson, pitching coach Dan Meyer and integrated baseball performance coach Brady Conlan. All four of those coaches are returning from last year.
They will also have Drew Benes as a bullpen coach and Dallas McPherson as a bench coach. Benes is moving up from Altoona, while McPherson is new to the system. The latter played in the Pirates system in 2012, and he has two years of minor league managerial experience.
Altoona will be managed by Callix Crabbe, who was the Greensboro manager last year. Jon Nunnally returns as the hitting coach, and newly-hired Cale Johnson will be the pitching coach. Blake Butler will be the integrated baseball performance coach, and Gary Green will be the bench coach. Green was the bench coach for Indianapolis last year, but he has moved all around the system since joining the Pirates as a coach in 2006.
Greensboro will be managed by Robby Hammock, who is new to the system. He has four years of managerial experience in the Arizona Diamondbacks system. Hitting coach Ruben Gotay, pitching coach Fernando Nieve, integrated baseball performance coach Justin Orton and developmental coach Collin Wilber all return from last year.
Bradenton will be managed by Jonathan Johnston again. His hitting coach will be Quentin Brown, and Matt Ford will be the pitching coach. Casey Harms returns as the integrated baseball performance coach and Gustavo Omana returns as the developmental coach.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.